Seventhwave, UW-Madison forecast dire health impacts driven by increased use of air conditioning
As climate change continues to drive up temperatures, increased building air conditioning use could degrade outdoor air quality—unless our electric generation mix moves toward cleaner energy sources. This could lead to as many as a thousand additional deaths annually in the eastern United States alone.
Seventhwave’s Dr. Doug Ahl collaborated with researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison to forecast the air quality and human health effects driven by increased summer demand for electricity. The study is featured in a special climate change issue of the journal of Public Library of Science Medicine.
The results show the need to change to cleaner energy sources such as wind and solar power, and to increase energy efficiency and conservation efforts. Doug will be presenting on this topic at the 2018 ACEEE Conference on Health, Environment and Energy in New Orleans in December.